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P5 – An explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of complementary therapies in maintaining health and well-being.

Acupuncture
Advantages
Acupuncture is used for a large range of conditions and some individuals combine acupuncture with their treatment. Acupuncture has a range of advantages and is usually treated for common conditions such as: • headache and migraine

• chronic pain, including neck and back pain
• joint pain
• dental pain
• post-operative pain
• post-operative nausea and vomiting
• allergies, including hay fever and eczema
• fatigue
• depression and anxiety
• digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • infertility and menstrual disorders

Disadvantages
There are normally risks with all treatments to help certain conditions. There can be different risks with different people while having acupuncture and everyone is different. When an individual visits an acupuncturist risks would then firstly be explain and what the individual is most at risk of. Side effects of the treatment can also differ. However, the side effects will always only be temporary. Side-effects of acupuncture can include • discomfort when the needle is inserted

• drowsiness, which can last for a few hours (so bear this in mind if you plan to drive home) • dizziness
• fainting or feeling faint
• bruising or bleeding at the site of the needle
• a temporary worsening of your symptoms
• There can also be some complications after the treatment that an individual may experience. These cases are usually very rare but can be potential, for example: • infection, although sterile disposable needles should be used to reduce the risk • damage to an internal organ from the insertion of a needle An individual should always tell an acupuncturist of any problems they are experiencing and also if they are pregnant. Chiropractic

Advantages
An advantage of chiropractors is that they treat a large range of different conditions: • neck pain
• shoulder pain and problems
• slipped discs
• leg pain and sciatica
• pain or problems with hip, knee, ankle and foot joints • pain or problems with elbow, wrist and hand joints
• fibromyalgia
• Lower back pain
• Some chiropractors treat a wide range of conditions that are unrelated to muscles, bones and joints, such as: • asthma
• allergies
• painful periods
• infant colic
• headache and migraine
• high blood pressure
• mental health conditions, such as depression, phobias or anxiety disorders • gastrointestinal disorders (of the stomach and bowel) They may also use chiropractic treatments to maintain overall good health for individuals with less movement or more pain. Disadvantages

There are many different side effects that individual may experience from this complementary therapy. For example: Soreness
Stiffness
Headaches
Mild pain in the first 24 hours
More serious contraindications after neck manipulation are:
Stroke
Damaged arteria (Rare)
Damage to upper spine (Rare)
Individuals who suffer from osteoporosis or weak bones should not have this therapy done because this therapy is a very physical therapy and individual with these disorders will suffer from very weak bones which could become damaged after the treatment. Hypnotherapy

Advantages
The most common uses of hypnosis include smoking cessation, weight loss and reduced stress. Advantages of other broad uses include self-improvement, sports performance enhancement, eliminating apprehensions, pain management (with doctor approval) and psychic exploration. Other problems for which hypnotherapy have proven successful includes: - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

- Migraines
- Pain Control
- Alcohol Abuse
- Panic Attacks
- Insomnia
- Exam Nerves
- Sexual/Relationship Problems
- Confidence Building
- Public Speaking
- Past Life Regression
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